Most people riding a kitesurf board: world record set by Sir Richard Branson (VIDEO)
Necker Island, British Virgin Islands -- Recruiting from the team on Necker Island, Sir Richard Branson and and Alice Galliers (both UK), Susi Mai (Germany) and Alison DiSpaltro (USA), achieved "four up" on a kiteboard at the one time, setting a new World Record title for the "Most people riding a kitesurf board", according to the World Record Academy.
Photo: Founder of the Virgin Group, Richard Branson and Alice Galliers (both UK), Susi Mai (Germany) and Alison DiSpaltro (USA) had set the World Record for most people riding a kitesurf board at the age of of 63. (enlarge photo)
The Guinness World Records world record for the longest journey kite surfing by a team is 1184.86 km (736 miles, 639.36 nautical miles) and was achieved by team Kite The Reef: Phil Barton (UK), Nicholas Cole (Australia), Richard Hatherall (Australia), Nick Levi (Bulgaria), Jesse Richman (USA), Jason Rogers (UK),and Jessica Syne (Australia).
Guinness World Records also recognized the world record for the longest distance kitesurfing in 24 hours; it is 645.6 km (401.2 miles) and was achieved by Rimas Kinka (Lithuania), off the coast of Islamorada, Florida, USA, on 26 February 2012.
Known for his adventurous lifestyle and passion for kitesurfing, Branson set the record at four people by kitesurfing, if only briefly, with three other kitesurfers – including champion kiteboarder Susi Mai, who suggested the challenge in the first place.
Richard Branson Record Breaking Fast Facts
# In 1987 Richard Branson set the record for the first hot air balloon to cross the Atlantic
# In 1991 Richard Branson was in the first balloon to cross the Pacific from Japan to Arctic Canada
# From 1995 to 1998, Sir Richard, Per Lindstrand and Steve Fossett made attempts to circumnavigate the globe by balloon
# In 2012 Branson was the oldest person to kitesurf across the English Channel
# In 2013, Branson led the largest number of kitesurfers ever to complete a one-mile course
# In 2014 Branson broke the record for the 'most people riding a kitesurf board'
# Richard Branson has the most followers on LinkedIn.